Weekly Fishing Report From Iowa DNR

Iowa DNRHere’s this week’s northwest Iowa Fishing Report from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources:

Beeds Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.


Lower Pine Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Average sized bluegills are being caught at sunset with wax worms.  Crappie – Fair: A few 12 to 14-inch crappies are being caught.


Lake Smith

Ice thickness at Smith Lake is 8-12 inches.  Bluegill – Fair:


Clear Lake

Ice depth on the little lake is 14-17 inches; ice on the main lake is highly variable. Warning: Be cautious around the pressure ridges that have developed on the main lake. Watch the weather and changing ice conditions. Colder weather has refrozen areas near the aerators that were open earlier, so be aware that thin ice extends a long ways out from the aerators. Channel Catfish – Slow: Anglers have been catching some 20 to 24-inch catfish using minnows on the main lake in deeper water. Try near the island or Baptist Camp.  Crappie – Slow: Crappies are mostly being found in 15-20 feet of water, suspended 3 to 10 feet off the bottom. They are being caught on minnows or wax worms.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Perch are being caught in low numbers; a few are over 10 inches. Try a small spoon and a minnow or minnow head.  Walleye – Slow: An occasional report of a keeper walleye being caught near the island and a few in the little lake.  Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass are scattered. Move around till you find numbers of them. Look for 9-14 feet of water. They seem willing to bite whole minnows, cutbait, or wax worms.


Lake Cornelia

There is 14 to 16 inches of ice on the main lake. Warning: In the channel leading to the quiet water area has a lot of variation in ice thickness.  Channel Catfish – Fair:  Bluegill – Slow:   Yellow Bass – Slow:


Crystal Lake

Bluegill – Good:  Fish near the dredged area with 9 to 14 feet of water. Anglers are still catching 7-9 inch bluegills on wax worms. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Largemouth bass and an occasional walleye or northern pike are being caught on minnows.


Rice Lake

Crappie – Slow: Lots of 5-6 inch crappies and perch; some crappies are 9-14 inches. Fishing has slowed down.  Walleye – Slow: A few walleyes are being caught.


Blue Pit

Rainbow trout were stocked on Jan 19.  Rainbow Trout – Fair: Trout are still being caught in the morning or evening.


Mill Creek (Lake)

Bluegill fishing has been decent and a few bass are being caught.  Try small jigs and hang on a big bass may hit at any time.


Big Spirit Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: A few have reported seeing pike while sight fishing for bluegills.  Try tip-ups in shallow areas and around weeds.  Bluegill – Slow: A few gills are being caught in Anglers Bay using small jigs tipped with live bait or plastic.  Yellow Perch – Slow: Perch continue to be finicky but a few are being caught once located. Try spoons and small jigs with wigglers.


East Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Yellow Bass – Fair: Finding a school of yellow bass may be a challenge but once found, they can be fairly active. Try jigs tipped with live bait or plastic.


West Okoboji Lake

Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: Try tip-ups around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: Emerson and Miller bays are the most popular areas to fish for bluegills with Smiths Bay gaining some attention.  Sight fishing with small jigs and light line produces a few fish.  Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch are still being caught out deep as well as in the weeds while bluegill fishing.


Lost Island Lake

Walleye – Slow: A few walleye are being caught in the early morning hours. Try jigging spoons and jigging Rapalas tipped with minnow heads along with a dead stick or tip-up set nearby.


Scharnberg Pond

Ice conditions vary from 6 inches near shore to about 2 inches toward the middle.  Rainbow Trout – Good: With the clear water sight fishing is possible and fish are in the entire water column. Jigging gold colored fat boys tipped with waxies around the five feet mark is a proven tactic.


For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.


Boyden-Hull To Play For State Championship

Comet LogoThe Boyden Hull Comets will get the opportunity to defend their State 1A Title following a 77-52 win over North Tama.  The 7 seeded Comets will meet Storm Lake St. Mary’s who knocked off Danville 61-55. The Panthers are the 4 seed in 1A.

The Comets led at all the breaks up 19-15 at the end of the first quarter and 32-31 at halftime.  Boyden Hull put it away in the third outscoring North Tama 19-8 to take a 51-39 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Comets had four of the five starters in double figures getting a game high 18 from Colin Bolkema.  Brandt Van Roekel hit for 17 along with 13 rebounds for the double-double.  Also in double figures were Riley Francis with 16 and Miguel Alvarado with 12.  J.C. Koerselman added 9 points and dished out 6 assists.

22 of Boyden Hull’s 77 points came from the free throw line as Boyden Hull hit 22-of-29 from the line.  The Comets also hit 60 percent from the floor.

With the win the Comets improve to 24-3 while North Tama will take a 26-3 record into the third place game.

Up next for Boyden Hull will be a Championship match-up with 26-1 Storm Lake St Mary’s.  The 1A Championship is set for Friday night at 6:05.  We’ll bring you the broadcast on KIWA FM 105.3.

Northwestern Red Raider Women Cruise To First Round Victory

Northwestern logoNo. 7 Northwestern began its defense of its three-straight national championships by cruising to a 92-66 victory over Mayville State (N.D.) on Wednesday in the first round of the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships. Red Raider All-American forward Kendra De Jong continued her dominant play on the national stage with 16 points and 10 rebounds despite leaving the game in the first half with an apparent injury.

The Comets stayed close early on until Northwestern surged in the latter part of the second half. The Red Raiders stretched their lead to 41-23 in the first half and led by as many 28 points with Alli Dunkelberger Mackenzie Small and Karen Hutson leading the way. They made up for De Jong’s absence with a combined 46 points.

Head coach Chris Yaw’s squad used its usual stout defense and rebounding to mow down Mayville State. Northwestern limited the Comets to 29 percent shooting while out-rebounding the Association of Independent Institutions foe, 61-38.

Mayville State placed three scorers in double-figures: Hailey Longtin (17), Samantha Heier (14) and Angela Tauer (13). The Comets close the season with an overall mark of 20-6 after making their first appearance at the national championships in school history.

The Red Raiders have not lost at the national tournament since a 63-58 semifinal defeat to GPAC rival Morningside (Iowa) in 2009. Northwestern is aiming for its sixth national title in school history.

The Raiders advance to Friday’s second-round game, where they will challenge No. 10 Concordia (Mich.) in a battle of top-10 teams. Tipoff is set for 10:15 a.m. Concordia defeated Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 90-80 in a first-round game earlier on Wednesday.

State Basketball Tournament Broadcast Schedule for Thursday, March 7th

Siouxland Conference logoHere’s today’s broadcast schedule, all games broadcast on KIWA-FM 105.3 and streamed from kiwaradio.com:

12:10 PM: Class 1A Semifinal: Boyden-Hull vs. North Tama

3:25 PM: Class 2A Semifinal: Sheldon vs. Kuemper Catholic

6:30 PM: Class 3A Semifinal: MOC-FV vs. Harlan

All times approximate and subject to change

No School In Sheldon Thursday Or Friday

OrabsThe Sheldon Orab Boys Basketball Team will be returning to the Boys State High School Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, with games both Thursday and Friday (March 7th & 8th).

Due to the Orabs’ State Tournament Games, there will be no school for the Sheldon Community School District Thursday or Friday, to allow faculty, staff and students to travel to Des Moines for the games.

GO BIG O!!!!

MOC-Floyd Valley Outlasts Grinnell To Advance To 3A Semifinals

MOC logoMOC Floyd Valley has advanced to the Class 3A semifinals with a 52-44 opening round win over Grinnell. The Dutch came in as the five seed and Grinnell the four seed. Grinnell closes the season at 20-5. With the win the Dutch improve to 21-4 on the season and will meet eight seed Harlan in the upper bracket semifinal at 6:35 Thursday evening. Harlan upset top seed and undefeated Vinton-Shellsburg 67-56.

The big difference in the game was bench scoring with the Dutch having a 24-0 advantage. Levi Jansen led the way with 16 points and four steals. He was joined in double figures by Justin Van Kalsbeek with 12 points and a dozen rebounds. As a team the Dutch controlled the glass with a 40-26 rebounding advantage.

Grinnell was led by Joe Nowasell who led the offense with 17 points as the only player in double figures for the Tigers.

The three Siouxland Conference Co-Champions have all earned a spot in Thursday’s semifinals with 23-3 Boyden Hull tipping off against 26-1 North Tama at 12:15 in the 1A lower bracket semifinal. In Class 2A Sheldon at 23-3 with go against 17-8 Kuemper Catholic at 3:45 and MOC Floyd Valley will be in the 3A upper bracket semifinal with a 6:35 scheduled opening tip.

We’ll bring you all three games Thursday on KIWA FM 105.3. We’ll stream from the website as well at http://www.kiwaradio.com/.